A Gift Registry is a particular type of wish list. Typically, recipient compiles a list of items he want to receive and then hands it out to family and friends. Gift registries are often used for important events such as anniversaries, birthdays, civil ceremonies, baby showers, etc.
Recipients can compile a gift registry and make it available to anyone who will present them with a gift. Gift givers can be certain that they are purchasing items that the receiver will appreciate.